Impressionist painting by Willard Leroy Metcalf will headline Shannon’s April 29th fine art auction
Oil on canvas by William Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925) entitled The Road That Leads Home (Woodbury, Conn.), Signed, circa 1919, 26 by 29 inches (about $ 150,000-250,000) . Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers
MILFORD, CONN. – Shannon’s art auctioneers will kick off the spring auction season with a sale of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures on Thursday, April 29th at 6pm east coast time. The over 200 works of art include American art, modern and contemporary art, sculptures, paintings by the Hudson River School and various offers from female artists in various categories.
At the top of the sale is a Willard Leroy Metcalf painting entitled The Road That Leads Home (approximately $ 150,000 to $ 250,000). Connecticut’s classic Impressionist view of the Litchfield Hills shows a farmhouse still standing in Woodbury. Metcalf’s famous depictions of sunlight and shadow can be seen in this rural, idyllic scene of country life. A rare figurative work by Metcalf entitled In the Garden is also on sale. It has a reasonable pre-sale estimate of $ 15,000 to $ 25,000.
Highlights of the 19th century American art category include a view of Lake George Near Sabbath Day Point and a trail in the mountains of Sanford Robinson Gifford. Both works are fresh to the market, come from a private family collection and are accompanied by research letters from Kevin Avery, the recognized expert on Mr. Gifford’s work.
Other paintings in this category include Water Views by Alfred T. Bricher from Newburyport, Southampton, and Grand Manan; a large, colorful still life by Severin Roesen (approx. 30,000 to 50,000 US dollars); two sailing scenes by James E. Buttersworth (approximately $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 each); a Grand Tour view of Sorrento by John Gadsby Chapman (approximately $ 20,000-30,000); and a rare masterpiece-quality beach scene with children playing in the sand by Charles Morgan McIlhenney (approximately $ 15,000-25,000).
Oil on canvas by Helen Maria Turner (American, 1858-1958) titled Portrait of Anne Spencer (ca.1925), signed and inscribed, 40 x 30 inches (about $ 30,000- $ 50,000). Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers
The numerous works by female artists are directed by two portraits of young women by Helen Maria Turner. Born in New Orleans, the gymnast was trained at the Art Students League in New York and later lived in Cragsmoor. The portrait of Anne Spencer (1925) was undoubtedly painted on Turner’s sunlit veranda in the artists’ colony. The other portrait, titled The Italian Girl, was likely painted in New York City.
Abastenia St. Leger Eberles Girl Skipping Rope will lead the Sculpture category. The bronze, which is exhibited at the Pan-Pacific Exhibition and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is the only known cast of this work. Young girls were Eberle’s favorite subject, and in 1909 this young, barefoot girl took the liberties of the earlier restrictions of the Victorian era. A cast of Janet Scudder’s young Diana can also be seen. Each of these works captures the spirit of progressive women in the early 20th century from different perspectives.
Connecticut artist Fidelia Bridges is on sale with four oil paintings, all from the same Connecticut collection. These include red breasted grosbeak in a thicket (about $ 12,000 to $ 18,000) and goldfinch and thistle (about $ 10,000 to $ 15,000). Bridges visited the banks of the Housatonic River in Stratford, where she painted birds and wildlife along the riverbanks.
The range of modern art includes two works of Abstract Expressionism by Milton Resnick from a private collection; a Diego Rivera watercolor view of the Yucatan from about 1930-1931 (about $ 18,000-22,000); and a Lyonel Feininger watercolor by Three Sails, one of the artist’s favorite subjects (approximately $ 15,000-25,000).
Other highlights of American art are a market-fresh sports scene entitled Awaiting Orders by Percival Rosseau (approx. 25,000 to 35,000 US dollars); a view of winter near Gloucester by Frederick J. Mulhaupt (approximately $ 25,000 to $ 35,000); a regionalist scene titled Waiting for Spring by Dale Nichols (approximately $ 20,000 to $ 30,000); an Eric Sloane on the cover of his Aware biography entitled Last Snow; and The Journey’s End, a luminous seascape by Edward Moran.
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard by Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823-1880) titled Lake George from Near Sabbath Day Point, 10 “by 14” (about $ 30,000-50,000). Shannon’s art auctioneers
Visit www.shannons.com to view the full catalog and condition reports and bid live online. The preview will take place by appointment from April 19 to 28, on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. East Coast time and on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Virtual previews and additional photos are available upon request.
Bidding is possible by phone, in person or live on shannons.com. A live stream of the auction will be broadcast on shannons.com. Telephone bids can be reserved in advance and absence bids are accepted prior to the auction. Shannon broadcasts are accepted year round. To send a single item or an entire collection, contact [email protected]
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